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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-16-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,578
Posted By soldierguy
These pics are making me want to go. I've driven...

These pics are making me want to go. I've driven through Wyoming before, but only on I-80 on numerous trips between Colorado and California...relentlessly dull. Apparently I need to get there on...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 978
Views: 98,495
Posted By soldierguy
I love the UE, but the accessories make me think...

I love the UE, but the accessories make me think of lumbersexuals. In case you aren't familiar with this breed, feel free to follow the link. Or simply imagine a combination of a hipster and a...
Forum: Road warriors 12-15-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1,465
Views: 144,154
Posted By soldierguy
I sat on one at my local dealer. I was stunned...

I sat on one at my local dealer. I was stunned at how light it felt, but I ride a Super Tenere which is no lightweight. I really like the ergos...comfortably upright and pretty roomy. My only real...
Forum: Beasts 12-15-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8,996
Views: 1,874,983
Posted By soldierguy
Yamaha crash bars, but nothing removed...that's...

Yamaha crash bars, but nothing removed...that's how they come. They were free when I got the bike, so no complaints. I've got the Rumbux add-ons coming though...should be here soon! They replace...
Forum: Beasts 12-14-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8,996
Views: 1,874,983
Posted By soldierguy
Just a short ride this afternoon before the rain...

Just a short ride this afternoon before the rain starts falling again for the next few days. It was probably the last ride of the year :cry ...about the time the rain is supposed to stop is when I'm...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-14-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10,476
Views: 3,439,610
Posted By soldierguy
Just a short afternoon ride before it starts...

Just a short afternoon ride before it starts raining overnight & for the next few days. I'm pretty sure today was the last ride of the year...about the time it stops raining, I'll be getting on a...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-10-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10,476
Views: 3,439,610
Posted By soldierguy
All I will say is this: ...

All I will say is this:

:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb:tb
Forum: Americas 11-13-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,576
Posted By soldierguy
Funny, while exercising today I was thinking...

Funny, while exercising today I was thinking about an impending move next spring from California to DC, and was just thinking of riding across the country to house hunt, then fly back to pick up my...
Forum: Beasts 11-07-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
The key is washers...the longer screws just...

The key is washers...the longer screws just facilitate the washers. Kick the lower part of the screen out, and see what works.


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Forum: Beasts 11-07-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
Get the side wind deflectors...they will help. ...

Get the side wind deflectors...they will help. Also a madstad bracket helps out a lot, whether with the standard or taller (touring) windscreen. Or if you don't want to buy the madstad just yet,...
Forum: Beasts 11-03-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,338
Posted By soldierguy
I should have commented on the seat comfort that...

I should have commented on the seat comfort that the OP was asking about.

Every butt is different. For me, the Tenere's seat is great...very comfortable for short and longer rides. Get out and...
Forum: Beasts 11-03-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,338
Posted By soldierguy
And that to me is an opinion worth listening...

And that to me is an opinion worth listening to...he's had KLRs, and has both a GS and a Super Tenere. Granted, everyone has opinions, but there's some experience there. :beer
Forum: Beasts 11-03-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,338
Posted By soldierguy
Dude....or Dudette (didn't check to see): I went...

Dude....or Dudette (didn't check to see): I went through this over the past several months, and took home a leftover '13 Super Tenere, and I traded a KLR in on it.

For me, it went something like...
Forum: Beasts 10-29-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
Someone around here did a mod to the seat-height...

Someone around here did a mod to the seat-height adjustment thing to level out the seat. They cut the adjuster, and I believe they installed it so the front of it was on the high setting, and the...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 57,493
Posted By soldierguy
Totally agree with some of your comments. But I...

Totally agree with some of your comments. But I think there are lots of people who will buy a BMW or Harley simply because it is a BMW or Harley. Just like some only buy Toyotas or Hondas or...
Forum: Beasts 10-18-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 57,493
Posted By soldierguy
My comment on the brand loyal types is probably...

My comment on the brand loyal types is probably out of line...it's just something that I've noticed over the years that if someone doesn't return the wave, they are almost always on a Harley or a BMW...
Forum: Beasts 10-17-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 57,493
Posted By soldierguy
I've bounced around between a number of bikes...

I've bounced around between a number of bikes over the past several years...800GS, 800XC, Stelvio, KLR, DL650, and I've got a Tenere now.

My take: they all aim for a spot on the spectrum of ADV...
Forum: Beasts 10-01-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
I guess it's all about perspective. To me, the...

I guess it's all about perspective. To me, the S10 is PLENTY powerful and fun. But my most recent rides were a WeeStrom with a hack, and a KLR, so nearly anything is going to seem powerful in...
Forum: Beasts 09-30-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Posted By soldierguy
Here are pics of the BR Moto racks. I've got...

Here are pics of the BR Moto racks. I've got some soft bags that I can strap down to the racks very easily, although the racks are designed for the Wolfman bags.
...
Forum: Beasts 09-30-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,076
Posted By soldierguy
I put the BR Moto side racks on mine. They are...

I put the BR Moto side racks on mine. They are designed for Wolfman bags, but they'd work with any soft bags to keep them from flapping around or rubbing the exhaust heat shield. Slick attachment to...
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By soldierguy
Ill second the dirt comments. wish I had learned...

Ill second the dirt comments. wish I had learned on dirt, and I wish I could get some seat time in one of those driver training slide cars. Learning to control a vehicle in low traction conditions is...
Forum: Beasts 09-26-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,022
Posted By soldierguy
To me it looks like a competitor to the Versys....

To me it looks like a competitor to the Versys. But I could be wrong...the links I've seen both have the exact same set of pictures, but one link refers to it as an ADV bike, the other as a sport...
Forum: Beasts 09-25-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By soldierguy
I'd suggest a VStrom 650. Inexpensive, all kinds...

I'd suggest a VStrom 650. Inexpensive, all kinds of aftermarket farkles if you're so inclined, reasonably powerful, economical, bulletproof...a great all around bike that'll let you gain skill...
Forum: Beasts 09-22-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,165
Posted By soldierguy
You might have a tough time finding a leftover...

You might have a tough time finding a leftover VStrom since it's a pretty mainstream & popular model. If you absolutely won't consider anything else, I'd do two things.

Use a Craigslist search...
Forum: Beasts 09-18-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
I used to own a first-generation Stelvio. I wish...

I used to own a first-generation Stelvio. I wish I had never sold it, but when I did I was thinking that I might not be able to ride again.

Stelvio: beautifully crafted, with lots of attention...
Forum: Beasts 09-17-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
I'm 6 ft with a 33 inch inseam for reference. ...

I'm 6 ft with a 33 inch inseam for reference.

I got some buffeting with the stock windscreen in the high position...it would shake my helmet rapidly and make my vision go funny...not good. Tried...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
I just ordered some from BR Moto, designed for...

I just ordered some from BR Moto, designed for Wolfman bags. Heard some good feedback about them. I just needed something to which I could strap down some soft bags I already have.

We'll see how...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,046
Posted By soldierguy
I appreciate all the replies on the noises. Mine...

I appreciate all the replies on the noises. Mine sounds nothing like the video. The more that I ride it, the more it seems like a bit of valve train noise and gear noise, but it's...
Forum: Beasts 09-16-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
Funny how a small change can have such a big...

Funny how a small change can have such a big impact on the feel of a bike.

I just got mine last week, and have about 300 miles on it. Today I tried the seat in the high position. I like that SO...
Forum: Beasts 09-12-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,046
Posted By soldierguy
Awesome. Thanks so much. Like I said, none of the...

Awesome. Thanks so much. Like I said, none of the noises sound bad or ominous, just ones that I'm not familiar with.


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Forum: Beasts 09-11-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,046
Posted By soldierguy
So what exactly are the symptoms or signs of CCT...

So what exactly are the symptoms or signs of CCT problems. The OP mentioned hearing a noise on startup that would go away once oil pressure came up to normal. Anything else?

I'm asking because I...
Forum: Beasts 09-10-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26,082
Views: 4,970,137
Posted By soldierguy
I just picked up a leftover '13 yesterday. By far...

I just picked up a leftover '13 yesterday. By far the best bike I've ridden or owned. Smooth, torquey, a total mile-eater, yet is still pretty nimble and wears her weight well. A good deal, and...
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,153
Posted By soldierguy
There may be something to this...I just traded a...

There may be something to this...I just traded a KLR to get a Super Tenere. No milk crate installed...yet. :lol3
Forum: Beasts 09-09-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8,996
Views: 1,874,983
Posted By soldierguy
Just picked this up today. Since I had to go...

Just picked this up today. Since I had to go down to one bike and sold my sidecar rig to a fellow ADV'er to that end, I decided that if I can only have one bike, it should be a good one. So here's...
Forum: Thumpers 08-15-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8,528
Views: 2,088,844
Posted By soldierguy
Here's a couple pics of mine from today. Got...

Here's a couple pics of mine from today. Got some Distanzias on her today, as well as a 16 tooth countershaft sprocket. Sprocket was for fewer revs on the highway, Distanzias were because I didn't...
Forum: Thumpers 07-29-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,366
Posted By soldierguy
Why should I buy a KLR 650?

I've got both a KLR 650 and a VStrom 650, although I did put a sidecar on my Wee. Oh and I've got a fair amount of seat time on a Tiger 800XC.

KLR: relaxed, comfortable, not fast, but has the...
Forum: Hacks 07-02-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By soldierguy
I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much...

I'm in Pacific Grove. Haven't been out much lately on the hack...ridiculously busy with other stuff at the moment. But I do get out now and then.
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14,809
Views: 1,581,888
Posted By soldierguy
Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the...

Nope...sorry. It's easy to find though. Go to the rock mountain ATV site, and work through their menus for dual sport, parts, fenders, then it should make you select your motorcycle. Once you've done...
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14,809
Views: 1,581,888
Posted By soldierguy
I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky...

I went with the Acerbis front fender from Rocky Mountain ATV, for the KLR. It fits and looks very similar to the pics I've seen of the KTM fender. I haven't gotten around totaling pics of mine.
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 693
Posted By soldierguy
I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The...

I'd go V-Strom or KLR. I've got both. The V-Strom has me leaning forward a tiny bit (I'm 6 ft and 230 lbs) whereas the KLR allows me to be completely upright. The V-Strom is definitely a 90-10...
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